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Children’s Day: A letter from a property agent to his daughter

The day you were born, we began dreaming of an education for you. But there was a shadow of fear.

By: Express News Service |
Updated: November 9, 2014 1:00:26 am

‘I never imagined you would achieve so much’

Dear Anjali,

Ever since you came into our life, our happiness has known no bounds. The day you were born, we began dreaming of an education for you. But there was a shadow of fear. Our parents didn’t have the means to give us an education. Would we be able to give you one?

We kept our faith in God. When you were young, we sent you to a play school, vowing to send you to a good school later. That was easier said than done. We filled in admission forms in school after school. but were turned down because your mother and I were uneducated, we couldn’t speak English. I began to despair.

It was during that time that we met a teacher from Springdales School who told us a number of students are admitted to every school under the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) quota. We filled in the form and you got admission. We were thrilled as we saw our dream of educating our daughter inching closer to realisation.

We started sending you to school but we worried about you facing discrimination in class. Fortunately, that didn’t happen and you became an active member of your class, participating enthusiastically in all school functions. When you got an award for full attendance, I was so happy. It showed that you had adjusted well and didn’t have to resort to making excuses to miss school, like children often do.

This year has been overwhelming. You have been chosen class representative, which shows that you have won the love of not just your teachers but also your classmates. You were also awarded a scholarship given to meritorious students. At the awards ceremony, as we took our seats, right behind the chief guest, my heart swelled with pride. I couldn’t blink back my tears. I had never imagined my child would one day achieve so much.

I hope you go far in life. And I hope the way you have received help in life, you too are of help to others.
Your father,


Yuvraj Sharma is a property agent, who came to Delhi about 30 years ago. His daughter, Anjali, is a class VIII student

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